Garrison Keillor Quotes

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We carry adolescence around in our bodies all our lives.

adolescence

The Book: Man's Chief Weapon Against Tedium. Woman's too.

books

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.

cats

Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.
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A man can't eat anger for breakfast and sleep with it at night and not suffer damage to his soul.
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anger

Humor is not a trick, not jokes. Humor is a presence in the world—like grace —and shines on everybody.
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humor

Selective ignorance, a cornerstone of child rearing. You don't put kids under surveillance: it might frighten you.

ignorance

Humor, a good sense of it, is to Americans what manhood is to Spaniards and we will go to great lengths to prove it.

sense of humor

Parents should sit tall in the saddle and look upon their troops with a noble and benevolent and extremely nearsighted gaze.

parenting

Writers are vacuum cleaners who suck up other people's lives and weave them into stories like a sparrow builds a nest from scraps.

writers

It was luxuries like air conditioning that brought down the Roman Empire. With air conditioning their windows were shut, they couldn't hear the barbarians coming.
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progress

Journalism is a good place for any writer to start—the retailing of fact is always a useful trade and can it help you learn to appreciate the declarative sentence.
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journalism writing advice

A romp in the hay lingers like the first line of a song, but your true love is the one you make a life with and write more than a line about, you write a whole book.